This is an amazing story. Fiction with a bibliography, what's not to love! A Southern preacher with a major Messiah-complex drags his family to Africa...moreThis is an amazing story. Fiction with a bibliography, what's not to love! A Southern preacher with a major Messiah-complex drags his family to Africa in the late 1950's. His 4 daughters and their mother tell their story, and the sections each one narrates are told in her unique "voice" . I always admire how a gifted writer can speak in a completely different way for different characters, similar to the way a talented actor is completely different in each role. I also love that this book focuses on the lives of women and how they react to their environment. The men in this book are not the center of the story. The father, I have to warn you, is a sick, abusive you-know-what...but he is such an over-the-top egomaniac, the girls' observations about him are sometimes hilarious. Rest assured, he gets exactly what he deserves in a very big (but believable) way.
But never mind him. This isn't his story. It's all about his wife and the sisters. Their journey to Africa changed their lives, and reading about it may change yours. I know that at the very least, this book inspired me to learn more about the complicated history of Congo. (less)
I have now read this book 5 times and I still love it and recommend it to anyone who likes a good historical/time-travel/love story/big old chunkster!...moreI have now read this book 5 times and I still love it and recommend it to anyone who likes a good historical/time-travel/love story/big old chunkster! Seriously, this is the fastest 850 pages I've ever read. I never get tired of this series. Jamie and Claire are still hot. I still love Gabaldon's writing style. I still **`REALLY, REALLY** like the love scenes...one in particular, fellow fans know the one I'm talking about, nudge nudge, wink, wink! I still love the historical background and attention to detail. I still think that GAbaldon's take on time travel makes more sense than most I've read, and I've read quite a few. As in any long-term relationship, the honeymoon is over. This time around, I discovered a few things that bothered me but found ways to work them out or at least get past them. One scene in particular, which I won't spoil but seems to upset most readers (including me) is still just as upsetting, but I have finally accepted that for these particular characters in this particular setting, it is believable. I've been with Jamie and Claire for 17 years now, so I can live with a bit of discomfort. Anyway. In summary: Rich, historical detail. Intricate plot twists. An arse-kicking female protagonist who saves her man's gorgeous butt at least as often as he saves hers. Last but not least, Red Hot Whoopee-making with a Man in a Kilt. Say no more.(less)